Travel Fanboy

Episode #59 – Live, Uncut, Unscripted Trip Report

I have to warn you, this episode was recorded live on YouTube without a script and is completely unedited. I rarely edit much of my show, but I have never done it with virtually no script or notes. So, listen at your own risk. Big thanks to those of you who joined me live and gave some very great, albeit far too generous, feedback.

Some general notes from my Trip:


  • Got to hang out with Chris from Faces and Aces and Scott from Vital Vegas– both great guys passionate about Las Vegas. Check them out!
  • Stayed at the Downtown Grand for the first time. I think they offer the nicest basic room downtown. A full review will be up soon.
  • Gambled and lost and Golden Gate, but had a great time nonetheless.




  • Went to check out the Plaza pool. A simple, but good space for hotel guests.
  • Headed to Vdara. Love the property. Nice rooms, quiet resort, but close to gambling at Aria, Bellagio, and Cosmo.
  • Dinner at Stripsteak was great.
  • Gambling at Luxor was a success.



  • Breakfast at the Perch. If you haven’t been to Container Park yet, you should visit at least once. Some cool spots there.
  • Gambled at El Cortez in the early afternoon. $5 tables everywhere, even Baccarat! If you can get used to the smell, El Co can be a fun place with the right group.
  • Introduced the group to Sigma Derby at the D. It’s a downtown right of passage at this point for me.
  • Played some BJ at Golden Gate again. Have I said how much I enjoy it there before?
  • Dinner at Gordon Ramsay Pub. It’s rarely packed, so it typically becomes a viable backup plan if other places are busy.
  • Had cigars at Montecristo in Caesars. Great place, even for cigar newbies. Fantastic atmosphere and service. I can’t recommend it enough.
  • Had drinks at Mandarin Bar. Really cool view of the Strip and even bumped into a couple #VIMFP favorites, Big Hoss and Mike E.
  • Played some craps at Cromwell. Lost, a running theme for me, but the Cromwell service never disappoints. Definitely, my favorite place to roll the dice in Vegas at the moment.



  • Cabana day at the Cosmo. We had two in order to accommodate all 16 of us. $300 a piece, a pretty good price for a prime pool.
  • Had dinner at Five50 at Aria. Surprisingly good food. Meatballs were delicious and the pizza wasn’t bad either. You can order pizza by the slice which is a good way to try different varietals.
  • More craps at Luxor. This place is growing on people, at least the craps pit. Decent dealers and good service from the entire crew. Didn’t win much, but my two sessions garnered me a comped room offer- not bad for a low roller.
  • Drinks at Skyfall followed. This may be my favorite view of any lounge in Vegas. No picture does it justice. The $20 drinks are easier to swallow with the amazing scenery.

And that was pretty much the trip. I’ll have reviews of rooms and restaurants to follow in the coming weeks in detail. Feel free to shoot me any questions in the meantime. Here are a few Tweets from the trip to accompany the report:


Host of the Vegas Fanboy podcast. A reluctant Millennial. An amateur human.